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The Public Services Commissioner is a state level position in all 50 states. The duties of the position vary from state to state, but their general role involves the regulation of essential utility services such as energy, telecommunications, and water.

Quick facts about Public Service Commissioners
  • A multi-person board, ranging from 2 to 7 members
  • A total of 186 commissioners across all 50 states
  • Publicly elected in 11 states
  • Average salary: $115,563 (in 2010)


Officeholders

List of Current Public Services Commissioners

List of All Current State Public Service Commissioners in the United States
Political positionOfficerAssumed officePolitical Party
Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Alaina Burtenshaw
2010
Nonpartisan
Wyoming Public Service Commission
Alan Minier
2008
Nonpartisan
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioner
Amy L. Ignatius
2009
Nonpartisan
Indiana Utility Regulation Commissioner
Angela Weber
2014
Nonpartisan
Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission
Ann Berwick
2010
Nonpartisan
Illinois Commerce Commission
Ann McCabe
2012
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Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 2
Anne C. Boyle
1996
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Maryland Public Service Commission
Anne Hoskins
2013
Nonpartisan
Florida Public Service Commission
Art Graham
2010
Nonpartisan
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Arthur House
2012
Nonpartisan
Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Asim Haque
2013
Nonpartisan
New York Public Service Commissioner
Audrey Zibelman
2013
Nonpartisan
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 5
Ben L. Hall
2011
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Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Betsy Wergin
2008
Nonpartisan
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Beverly Jones Heydinger
2012
Nonpartisan
Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 5
Bill Gallagher
2010
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Missouri Public Service Commission
Bill Kenney
2013
Nonpartisan
Wyoming Public Service Commission
Bill Russell
2012
Nonpartisan
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Bob Anthony
1988
Ends.png Republican
Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 4
Bob Lake
2013
Ends.png Republican
Arizona Corporation Commission
Bob Stump
2009
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Mississippi Public Service Commission, Northern District
Brandon Presley
Electiondot.png Democratic
Public Utility Commissioner of Texas
Brandy Marty
2013
Nonpartisan
Arizona Corporation Commission
Brenda Burns
2011
Ends.png Republican
North Dakota Public Service Commission
Brian Kalk
2008
Ends.png Republican
North Carolina Utilities Commissioner
Bryan Beatty
2009
Nonpartisan
Georgia Public Service Commission
Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr.
2009
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California Public Utilities Commission
Carla J. Peterman
2012
Nonpartisan
Indiana Utility Regulation Commissioner
Carol Stephan
2014
Nonpartisan
Indiana Utility Regulation Commissioner
Carolene Mays
2010
Nonpartisan
California Public Utilities Commission
Catherine J.K. Sandoval
2011
Nonpartisan
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner
Chris Nelson
2011
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Georgia Public Service Commission
Chuck Eaton
2007
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Louisiana Public Service Commission District 4
Clyde Holloway
2009
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Arkansas Public Service Commission
Colette D. Honorable
2007
Nonpartisan
South Carolina Public Service Commissioner
Comer H. "Randy" Randall
2013
Nonpartisan
Delaware Public Service Commission
Dallas Winslow
2005
Nonpartisan
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Dan Lipschultz
2014
Nonpartisan
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner
Dana Murphy
2008
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Missouri Public Service Commission
Daniel Y. Hall
2013
Nonpartisan
Kentucky Public Service Commission
David Armstrong
2008
Nonpartisan
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
David C. Boyd
2007
Nonpartisan
Utah Public Service Commission
David Clark
2013
Nonpartisan
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
David Jones
2012
Nonpartisan
Maine Public Utilities Commission
David Littell
2010
Nonpartisan
Nevada Public Utilities Commission
David Noble
2011
Nonpartisan
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
David W. Danner
2013
Nonpartisan
Indiana Utility Regulation Commissioner
David Ziegner
1990
Nonpartisan
New York Public Service Commissioner
Diane X. Burman
2013
Nonpartisan
New Jersey Public Utilities Board Commissioner
Dianne Solomon
2013
Nonpartisan
North Carolina Utilities Commissioner
Don M. Bailey
2013
Nonpartisan
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Donna Nelson
2008
Nonpartisan
Illinois Commerce Commission
Doug Scott
2011
Electiondot.png Democratic
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Earl Taylor
2012
Nonpartisan
Florida Public Service Commission
Eduardo E. Balbis
2010
Nonpartisan
North Carolina Chairman of Utilities Commission
Edward Finley, Jr.
2007
Nonpartisan
Arkansas Public Service Commission
Elena Wills
2011
Nonpartisan
Iowa Utilities Board
Elizabeth Jacobs
2011
Nonpartisan
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Ellen Nowak
2011
Nonpartisan
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Eric Callisto
2008
Nonpartisan
Louisiana Public Service Commission District 1
Eric Skrmetta
2009
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Louisiana Public Service Commission District 5
Foster Campbell
2003
Electiondot.png Democratic
Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 1
Frank E. Landis, Jr.
1988
Ends.png Republican
South Carolina Public Service Commissioner
G. O'Neal Hamilton
Nonpartisan
New York Public Service Commissioner
Garry Brown
2008
Nonpartisan
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Gary Hanson
2003
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Arizona Corporation Commissioner
Gary Pierce
2007
Ends.png Republican
Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 5
Gerald L. Vap
2001
Ends.png Republican
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Gladys Brown
2013
Nonpartisan
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Glenn Vaad
Nonpartisan
Michigan Public Service Commission
Greg R. White
2009
Nonpartisan
New York Public Service Commissioner
Gregg C. Sayre
2012
Nonpartisan
Georgia Public Service Commission
H. Doug Everett
2003
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Maryland Public Service Commission
Harold D. Williams
Nonpartisan
Delaware Public Service Commission
Harold Gray
2014
Nonpartisan
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commissioner
Herbert F. DeSimone, Jr.
2013
Nonpartisan
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Herbert Hilliard
2012
Nonpartisan
Hawaii Public Utilities Commissioner
Hermina Morita
2011
Nonpartisan
Indiana Utility Regulation Commissioner
James Atterholt
2009
Nonpartisan
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
James Cawley
2005
Nonpartisan
Virginia State Corporation Commission
James Dimitri
2008
Nonpartisan
North Carolina Utilities Commissioner
James G. Patterson
2013
Nonpartisan
Kentucky Public Service Commission
James Gardner
2008
Nonpartisan
Vermont Public Service Board
James Volz
2005
Nonpartisan
Alaska Regulatory Commission
Jan Wilson
2006
Nonpartisan
Kansas Corporation Commission
Jay Emler
2014
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Delaware Public Service Commission
Jaymes B. Lester
2001
Nonpartisan
New Jersey Public Utilities Board Commissioner
Jeanne M. Fox
2002
Nonpartisan
Delaware Public Service Commission
Jeffrey Clark
2005
Nonpartisan
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Jeffrey Goltz
2009
Nonpartisan
Alabama Public Service Commission
Jeremy Oden
2012
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North Carolina Utilities Commission
Jerry Dockham
2013
Nonpartisan
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Jim Allison
2012
Nonpartisan
Delaware Public Service Commission
Joann Conway
2001
Nonpartisan
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
John Betkoski, III
1997
Nonpartisan
Vermont Public Service Board
John Burke
2009
Nonpartisan
Illinois Commerce Commission
John Colgan
2009
Electiondot.png Democratic
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
John F. Coleman
2010
Nonpartisan
South Carolina Public Service Commissioner
John Howard
2004
Nonpartisan
Michigan Public Service Commission
John Quackenbush
2011
Nonpartisan
Oregon Public Utility Commission
John Savage
2003
Nonpartisan
Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission
Jolette Westbrook
2009
Nonpartisan
West Virginia Public Service Commission
Jon McKinney
2005
Nonpartisan
New Jersey Public Utilities Board Commissioner
Joseph L. Fiordaliso
2005
Nonpartisan
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Joshua Epel
2011
Nonpartisan
Virginia State Corporation Commission
Judith Jagdmann
2006
Nonpartisan
North Dakota Public Service Commission
Julie Fedorchak
2013
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Florida Public Service Commission
Julie Imanuel Brown
2010
Nonpartisan
Wyoming Public Service Commission
Kara Brighton
2013
Nonpartisan
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 1
Karen Montoya
2013
Electiondot.png Democratic
Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission
Kate McKeever
2014
Nonpartisan
Maryland Public Service Commission
Kelly Speakes-Backman
Nonpartisan
Public Utility Commissioner of Texas
Kenneth Anderson
2008
Nonpartisan
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Kenneth Hill
2009
Nonpartisan
Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 2
Kirk Bushman
2013
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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Kristie Fiegen
2011
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Louisiana Public Service Commission District 3
Lambert Boissiere III
2005
Electiondot.png Democratic
Maryland Public Service Commission
Lawrence Brenner
Nonpartisan
South Carolina Public Service Commissioner
Lib Fleming
2004
Nonpartisan
Kentucky Public Service Commission
Linda K. Breathitt
2012
Nonpartisan
Florida Public Service Commission
Lisa Polak Edgar
2005
Nonpartisan
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Lorraine Akiba
2012
Nonpartisan
Mississippi Public Service Commission, Central District
Lynn Posey
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Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Lynn Slaby
2012
Nonpartisan
Ohio Public Utilities Commission
M. Beth Trombold
2013
Nonpartisan
Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Mack Redford
2007
Nonpartisan
Vermont Public Service Board
Margaret Cheney
2013
Nonpartisan
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commissioner
Margaret E. Curran
2013
Nonpartisan
Virginia State Corporation Commission
Mark Christie
2004
Nonpartisan
Maine Public Utilities Commission
Mark Vannoy
2012
Nonpartisan
Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Marsha Smith
1991
Nonpartisan
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioner
Martin Honigberg
Nonpartisan
New Jersey Public Utilities Board Commissioner
Mary-Anna Holden
2012
Nonpartisan
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commissioner
Mary Bray
2005
Nonpartisan
West Virginia Public Service Commission
Michael Albert
2007
Nonpartisan
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Michael Caron
2012
Nonpartisan
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Michael Champley
2011
Nonpartisan
California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Picker
2014
Nonpartisan
California Public Utilities Commission
Michael R. Peevey
2002
Nonpartisan
California Public Utilities Commission
Michel Peter Florio
2011
Nonpartisan
Illinois Commerce Commission
Miguel del Valle
2013
Electiondot.png Democratic
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Nancy Lange
2013
Nonpartisan
Iowa Utilities Board
Nick Wagner
2013
Nonpartisan
South Carolina Public Service Commissioner
Nikki Hall
2010
Nonpartisan
Alaska Regulatory Commission
Norman Rokeberg
2013
Nonpartisan
Arkansas Public Service Commission
Olan Reeves
2009
Nonpartisan
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Pamela Patton
2012
Nonpartisan
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Pamela Witmer
2011
Nonpartisan
Kansas Corporation Commission
Pat Apple
2014
Nonpartisan
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Patrice Douglas
2011
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New York Public Service Commissioner
Patricia Acampora
2005
Nonpartisan
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 2
Patrick H. Lyons
2011
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Alaska Regulatory Commission
Paul F. Lisankie
2009
Nonpartisan
Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Paul Kjellander
2011
Nonpartisan
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commissioner
Paul Roberti
2009
Nonpartisan
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Phil Montgomery
2011
Nonpartisan
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Philip Jones
2005
Nonpartisan
North Dakota Public Service Commission
Randel Christmann
2013
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Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Rebecca Wagner
2006
Nonpartisan
Iowa Utilities Board
Robert Berntsen
2009
Arizona Corporation Commission
Robert Burns
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Alaska Regulatory Commission
Robert Pickett
2008
Nonpartisan
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Robert Powelson
2008
Nonpartisan
Missouri Public Service Commission
Robert S. Kenney
2010
Nonpartisan
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioner
Robert Scott
2012
Nonpartisan
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Robin Bennett
2013
Nonpartisan
Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 4
Rod Johnson
1992
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Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 3
Roger Koopman
2013
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Utah Public Service Commission
Ron Allen
2005
Nonpartisan
Florida Public Service Commission
Ronald Brisé
2010
Nonpartisan
West Virginia Public Service Commission
Ryan Palmer
2010
Nonpartisan
Michigan Public Service Commission
Sally Talberg
July 3, 2013
Nonpartisan
Louisiana Public Service Commission District 2
Scott Angelle
2013
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Missouri Public Service Commission
Scott Rupp
2014
Nonpartisan
Kansas Corporation Commission
Shari Feist Albrecht
2012
Nonpartisan
Iowa Utilities Board
Sheila Tipton
2013
Nonpartisan
Illinois Commerce Commission
Sherina E. Maye
2013
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Georgia Public Service Commission
Stan Wise
1995
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Oregon Public Utility Commission
Stephen Bloom
2011
Nonpartisan
Missouri Public Service Commission
Stephen Stoll
2011
Nonpartisan
Mississippi Public Service Commission, Southern District
Steve Renfroe
2013
Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Steven Lesser
2010
Nonpartisan
Oregon Public Utility Commission
Susan Ackerman
2010
Nonpartisan
Arizona Corporation Commission
Susan Bitter Smith
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North Carolina Utilities Commissioner
Susan Rabon
2009
Nonpartisan
South Carolina Public Service Commissioner
Swain Whitfield
2008
Nonpartisan
Alaska Regulatory Commission
T.W. Patch
2010
Nonpartisan
Alabama Public Service Commission
Terry Dunn
2010
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Utah Public Service Commission
Thad LeVar
2013
Nonpartisan
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 4
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar
2010
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Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Thomas Johnson
2014
Nonpartisan
Maine Public Utilities Commission
Thomas Welch
2011
Nonpartisan
Georgia Public Service Commission
Tim Echols
2011
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Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 3
Tim Schram
2007
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North Carolina Utilities Commissioner
ToNola Brown-Bland
2009
Nonpartisan
Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 1
Travis Kavulla
2011
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Alabama Public Service Commission (President)
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
2010
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New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner - District 3
Valerie Espinoza
2013
Electiondot.png Democratic
Maryland Public Service Commission
W. Kevin Hughes
Nonpartisan

Elected vs. appointed

As it currently stands, there are three ways in which an individual is able to be selected for the office of public services commissioner: statewide elections, gubernatorial appointment, or appointment by the state legislature.

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While the vast majority of the states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, there are at least eleven others who have opted to publicly elect their commissioners. These states include Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The one remaining state, Virginia, empowers its state legislature to choose the office holder for the statewide position.

The current party breakdown of State Public Services Commissioner Chairs who are elected shows that:

Election history

2012

Ten states held scheduled public services commissioner elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Heading into the November election, Democrats held six of the seats, Republicans held 12 seats and one seat was held by an Independent. Out of 19 incumbents, 14 sought re-election in 2012. The status breakdown of the remaining 5 was as follows:

Following the election, nine incumbents, all Republicans, won re-election. The remaining five incumbents, all Democratic candidates, were defeated by Republican challengers. The non-incumbent races in Louisiana, Montana, and North Dakota were won by Republican candidates, while the two non-incumbent races in New Mexico were won by Democratic candidates.

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